Thursday, 2 June 2011

Ways of Seeing

When I was at art college there was a book we were recommended to read called 'Ways of Seeing' by John Berger. People on my course would rave over how interesting it was but back then I couldn't engage with it myself. Looking back I can see that  my life of juggling a large family with small children plus trying to fit in time to study for a degree didn't give me  the energy or time to do any extra reading!
Our circumstances can change over time, along with our perceptions, so looking at it now I can see why it became so popular.
To quote from the book:
"The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled."


With that thought in mind, let me show you some landscapes I recently painted...

 - a brooding sky over a sunlit hill?

 - the bank of a river?

- looking out to sea from a grassy hilltop?


Each of the paintings above could be seen as complete but each one is really just a tiny glimpse of this one!
When I'm working on paper I like to chop down paintings to find the best composition. It means I can cut out the bits I don't like and concentrate on the beautiful part.
And that is one of the joys of being an artist. :) 


26 comments:

Ren @ Fairysteps said...

What an inspiring post... I need to open my eyes!! Ren x

Dyche Designs said...

I love that, it really is about how we see things.

eimear brennan said...

Hi there, i just found your blog the other day...the colour in the above work is really beautiful....
I know that John Berger book..didnt like it when I was in college! but now, the one line that makes sense to me is "I draw to see"

Patricia González Palacios said...

Hermosos colores!! amiga ya te envié el grabado por correo , aprox. en 10 días más te llegará. Un beso.

Julia Christie said...

Yes indeed very very inspiring! I love this series - the simplicity and intensity! Gorgeous as a whole, and unforgettable as a series.

Love these!

Smiles

Julia said...

WOW! Your work leapt out of the laptop screen at me, and those colours are just sensational!! (Also being admiring your Perranporth piece in the post below).
I vaguely recall that book, not sure that I ever read it but it sounds familiar. I'll check it out, as I do like things like that and your work has me very inspired to discover more.
Beautiful!
Much love
Julia x

Kim Mailhot said...

gorgeous views ! Love those rich colors too.
Happy Thursday !

Jessie said...

Thankyou for your lovely comments! :) I'm trying to reply to you but once again Blogger is playing up. Some of the comments sections won't allow me to sign in for some reason! Your comments are very much appreciated and I have answered everyone, it's just that they won't publish, it's sooo frustrating!Thanks once again for leaving me coments here. I shall continue to try, so hopefully you'll hear from me personally very soon!xx

Tomás Serrano said...

Something beautiful, be that as it may

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Fabulous post Jessie...gorgeous work..gorgeous colors..and gorgeous alternate realities..all beautiful in whatever way ' we each see'....awesome!
Beautiful as always!! Shine on Kindred
Victoria

Tammie said...

your colors are gorgeous and yes I loved each glimpse as well as the whole.

Jessie said...

Thankyou :)

Alicia Stucky said...

Lordy, right now I have 3 kids, one of which is only 8 months and I thank the stars everyday that I opted out of trying to juggle going back to finish my art degree right now. Just keeping up with building my portfolio right now is a mega challenge. You must have been a trooper!

Btw, scrolling down to see the photo of your daughter as a baby herself made me choke up a little :-) Congratulations on little Maisy!

Bettyann said...

wow...much food for thought..inspiritional...thank you

Giggles said...

I love the blend of colors! So beautiful!! Nice that you got to revisit the book when you had time!

Hugs Giggles

MaryN said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous landscapes!
I love these!

So glad I found you through the “All Kinds of Artists” Artist blog hop!
I am your newest blog follower. :)
Looking forward to seeing your upcoming posts!

I welcome you to check out my art blog, too!

Best,
Mary C. Nasser
http://www.marycnasser.com/blog.html

Amalia K said...

Such a thought provoking post, Jessie! I always think that as artists, we are blessed by the diversity of our point of views. Somehow it's never enough to look at things from one side only.

And did I ever tell you how much I love your landscape paintings? Your brushstrokes and colors are mesmerizing... :)

Doodlestreet said...

beautiful art and wonderful words...
:)that's got me motivated to paint! :D

joanne May said...

I think the watery quality of your landscape paintings speak so clearly to me. Each brush stroke is gentle and thoughtful. I love how the colours bleed into each other like marble.
You have created magical landscapes on paper!
xx

soulbrush said...

Thanks for your congrats on my blog, so nice being in touch again.

Kerri said...

i know that artists look at things differently. i'm not a visual artist, BUT when i was taking a sketching class, i found myself REALLY looking at things. i remember danny gregory saying that if you really want to learn about something...draw it.

Alina Chau said...

lovely!!

Zorana said...

This was so interesting! The way you presented it caught me off guard... I wasn't expecting it to be one painting (although I often digitally crop my paintings and most often enjoy more the snippets). Beautiful!

Nicola said...

Hi Jessie, love this post!!! I really want to start approaching my backgrounds differently. How clever that this was all one painting. It really does have you looking at it differently. Love those colours, the blue especially! I've just been scrolling through your previous posts, sorry it has been so long between visits but I think that I've been going through a bit of a creative lull and life got a bit crazy. But I'm back now and posts like yours really do inspire me so thank you!!! Congratulations on the birth of your grand daughter Maisy What a gorgeous little thing she is!!! I wish you and your family all the best :0) oxoxo

Cynthia Schelzig said...

so true, so true..........thanks for the reminder:)

IwoX said...

Wonderful colours! I like it very much:)